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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Fort Frances Chamber AGM

The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual general membership meeting Thursday, Dec. 1 from 4-6:30 p.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous.   It is open to all businesses, both Chamber members and non-Chamber members.

The meeting will feature a guest speaker from Osisko Mining, who will give an overview of the project and seek feedback/comments.

The meeting also will include a financial report and message from Chamber president Mark Caron.
Appetizers will be served, and there is no cost to attend as the Town of Fort Frances and Rainy River Future Development Corp. are sponsoring the event.

If you are interested in attending, contact Anthony Mason at 274-5773 by Friday (Nov. 25).

Stuff A Cruiser

Photo (c) Fort Frances Times Ltd.
(information and excerpts taken from Fort Frances Times Ltd.)

The local OPP’s “Stuff a Cruiser” campaign is set to return for a second holiday season on December 10th, 2011 to help fill the pantries of local organizations which help those in need.

From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. that day, OPP cruisers being located in front of Wal-Mart, Safeway, and The Place here in Fort Frances, as well as Cloverleaf Grocery in Emo, collecting donations of non-perishable food items from the public.

These donations will go towards supporting the programs run by the local Salvation Army, UNFC, Sunset Country M├ętis, and the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau for the annual community Christmas dinner.

The “wish list” includes items such as canned soup (tomato, cream of mushroom, chicken noodle, vegetable), canned vegetables (corn, beans, carrots, peas, tomatoes), canned fruit, baked beans, canned meat (tuna, salmon), turkey, ham, and Kraft Dinner.
Pasta (macaroni, spaghetti), instant potatoes, cereal, peanut butter, jam, tea, coffee, packets of sugar, canned pasta, cranberry sauce, Stove Top stuffing, pancake mix, syrup, powdered milk, and packets of salt and pepper also are sought.

54th Annual Parade of Lights

The 54th Annual Parade of Lights will be held on Saturday, November 26th, 2011 downtown Scott Street, Fort Frances commencing at 4:30 pm.

The theme for this year’s parade is “A Festival of Trees,” with individuals and groups encouraged to enter floats.

Prizes will be awarded for best church or school group ($75), best non-profit organization ($75), best business ($75), best recreational ($75), and best decorated individual ($25).

The parade will start on the 800 block of Scott Street, near the Memorial Sports Centre, and proceed west down Scott Street before disbanding at Mowat Avenue.   The parade lineup will start at 3 p.m., with float judging starting at 3:45.  The parade then will get rolling ay 4:30 p.m. sharp.

The local Salvation Army will be collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations, so parade-goers are encouraged to be generous. In addition, Canada Post once again will be collecting children’s letters to Santa.

Social Media Workshop

You don't want to miss this...

How Social Media Can Help You Achieve Your Business Goals with The Video Advocate - Melissa Schenk
Rainy River Future Development Corporation presents:
Melissa Schenk - Executive Producer of MS2 Productions.  She will take you on a journey through the tools of Social Media – Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and You Tube. Learn how to use them to become your own Social Media Producer, make a name for yourself and be remembered!

This jam-packed informative, interactive and engaging Social Media Boot Camp has been designed for local business owners, sales consultants, managers, non-profit organizations and students, to gain a better understanding of the world of Social Media and how to use it to their advantage when marketing themselves or their businesses online.
* Thursday, December 1, 2011 * 630 pm to 930 pm * La Place Rendezvous *
Tickets are only $20 per person and you will have a chance to win door prizes valued at $299.  Tickets are available at Rainy River Future Development Corporation (608 Scott Street, Fort Frances). Office hours are Monday to Friday 830 am to 430 pm.
Exclusive One-on-One Social Media Training Workshop ~ Bring your questions to Melissa!
Register now for this interactive workshop that will help you harness the power of Social Media and learn how to develop
content that is engaging, sincere and relatable. Whether you want to create your own social media pages or just learn more about them, this workshop is for you! Training of Social Media sites will include Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn!
* Friday, December 2, 2011 * 9 am to 12 pm * Rainy River Future Development Corporation Training Room *
Tickets for this session are only $20 per person but seating is limited to 12 people on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Attendance to the Thursday event is mandatory to attend the workshop.  Please register and pay in advance to hold your seat.
For more information, please call RRFDC at 274-3276.
Don't wait...register now!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

November Video Conferencing

1             1:00 – 4:30            CBSA – Customs Workshop
2             12:30 – 3:30          Your Business Plan –Operations & Financial Summary
3             10:00 – 12:00         Introduction to Income Statements
3             1:00 – 3:00            The Basics of Exporting
4             10:30 – 12:00         Financial Literacy Learning Resources
8             1:00 – 4:00            Understanding Yourself, Your Coworkers, and Stress
9             10:00 – 12:00        Microsoft Office Word 2007 – Tips for Small Business
9             1:00 – 3:00            Microsoft Office Excel 2007 – Tips for Small Business
10            10:00 – 12:00        PowerPoint 2007 – Tips for Powerful Presentations
10            1:00 – 3:00            Starting a Home Based Business
16            10:30 – 12:00        PST: An Introduction to Provincial Sales Tax
16            12:30 – 3:30          GST/HST Seminar – New HST Rules and Info
23            1:00 – 3:00            How to Buy a Franchise
23            5:30 – 8:30            CRA – Payroll Information Seminar
24            10:00 – 1:00          Are You Ready to Be an Entrepreneur
30            2:00 – 4:00            Small Business Website - How to Write for the Web

Call the RRFDC at 274-3276 to sign up today !!!